Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 21, 2005
Ok, I knew that Sudoku, the addictive numbers puzzle game, was getting big when the various guides to the game started taking up prime space at my local Borders a few months ago. I became convinced that Sudoku could be the next Tetris for PC, mobile and portable gaming on Dec. 21, when publishing company Mastiff announced it will release the game for the GameBoy Advance portable gaming console from Nintendo in February of 2006.
Called “Dr. Sudoku,” the game will feature more than 1,000 puzzles and will be the first in a series of Sudoku products from Mastiff for video game systems.
Clearly, the video, online and mobile gaming industry is jumping into Sudoku big time. Co-creator of Yahoo!Games just launched www.SudokuPuzzlesOnline.com. Mobile versions of the game are popping up every day; some of them are listed here.
My bet is, this puzzle will be big — bigger than Bejeweled and lots of other titles. It might, in fact, yet become the biggest thing since Tetris. It’s still early days in the game’s popularity: Sure, it’s available from MSN Games and Verizon, for instance. But it’s yet to make it onto most cell phones, PCs and gaming systems.
The game could make publishing and gaming hardware companies like Nintendo, jumping onto the Sudoku gravy train, lots of money.